Poonch, Jammu, and Kashmir's district is also the headquarter of Poonch town, and most famous for the L.O.C., that is Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Since ancient times of Mahabharata, Poonch has confirmed its presence in Alexander the Great's invasion in 326 BC. It caught many travelers' attention, including the famous Chinese traveler Xuazang who came here in the 7th century. The usual halting-place for Jehangir during his journey towards Kashmir in summer, Poonch caught the Mughal emperor's attention with its pristine beauty. Poonch lies 230 kilometers away from Jammu and is separated from Kashmir valley by Pir Panjal mountain ranges. Though it is a remote district in Jammu and Kashmir, there are many things to see in Poonch, loaded with nothing but sheer beauty.
Tourists who visit Jammu and Kashmir searching for something new to try with more tranquility and different from regular tourist places definitely make their way towards Poonch valley.
Poonch is famous for a few but out worldly places which will take your breath away, from waterfalls, valleys, historical monuments, religious sites, and snowy mountains.
The Famous waterfall, which caught Mughal emperor Jehangir's eye, lies 45 kilometers from Poonch on Mughal Road. Jehangir admired this waterfall so much that he named it after his beloved wife, Noor Jahan, who used to take a bath here. The mirror was placed near the Waterfall for Noor Jahan, the remnants of which can still be found near the Noori Chamb.
Structured in Mughal Architecture by Raja Abdul Razaq Khan in 1713 AD, who was from the Rathor community from Rajasthan, Poonch Fort is one of the main historical sites in Poonch District. Poonch was previously known as Rustom Nagar, is a famous site amongst history lovers.
One of the prominent tourist places in Poonch, Girgan dhok, is famous as The valley of Seven lakes, which are known as Nandan Sar, Bhagsar, Gum Sagar, Kaldachnisar, Katorsar, Sukhsar, and Neelsar. Nandan Sar being the largest among the seven lakes, with a length of one mile and breadth of half a mile in radius, is blessed with enchanting beauty.
Untouched by the flocks of tourists, Nandishool is the waterfall that emerges from Pir Panjal. With a height of 150 feet, this waterfall showcases the Himalayan Mountains in the back is one of the significant sites and must be included in the itinerary.
Peer ki Gali
Famous for religious aspects, Peer ki Gali is known since the 13th century, is located on Mughal Road. Lying between the Poshana and Heer Pur Village, this holy place was used by the saint for meditation. The saint was famous for performing miracles for the betterment of humans, according to local fables.
Baba Budha Amarnath Temple
The Mandi village, Baba Budha Amarnath temple, is said to be a religious place for Hindus. Those who cannot complete the Yatra of the actual Amarnath temple due to old age or disability can visit this shrine and be blessed equally. The village surrounding the Temple is an equally beautiful and pleasant tourist place.
Poonch has subtropical weather, though much cooler compared to other parts of India due to its elevation. That makes the Best Season visit Poonch in Kashmir from March to October as the temperature is moderate and the roads are open. Though winters can be enjoyed for Snowfall from December to March, it is always better to check with the forecast for unpleasant weather possibilities.
Poonch in Kashmir does not have its Airport, though there is a small airstrip that the Indian Army uses. The nearest airport is Jammu Domestic airport and Srinagar International Airport. From the Airport, you can hire a cab or take local transport to reach Poonch.
The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi, Udhampur, and can be reached by taxis, buses, or private cars.
Poonch is well connected with NH144 A to Jammu region on one side and by Mughal Road to Kashmir valley on the other side.
The Poonch-Rawalakot bus connects India and Pakistan's severed ties over the L.O.C. and helps the transportations between the two countries.
Poonch is located in Pir Panjal ranges on the way of Jammu and Kashmir. The best nearby places that can be visited are Kashmir Valley, Jammu, and L.O.C. Apart from that, Gulmarg can be reached by foot from the Poonch Girgan Valley.
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